What is that place, my father and my mother,
you have gone to, I think of, in the ashes
of the air and not the earth, better to go there
than under stones or in any remembrance
but mine and that of others who once loved you,
fewer year on year. It is midsummer
and till my voice broke, Summer suns are glowing
I loved to sing and One fine day to hear from
some thin wild old gramophone that carried
its passion across the Rutherglen street, invisibly
played again and again - I thought of that person,
him or her, as taking me to a country
far high sunny where I knew to be happy
was only a moment, a puttering flame in the fireplace
but burning all the misery to cinders
if it could, a sift of dross like what we mourn for
as caskets sink with horrifying blandness
into a roar, into smoke, into light, into almost nothing.
The not quite nothing I praise it and I write it.


You are looking for more poems by Edwin Morgan? - Then have a look at his books, please!


Fires was quoted from:

New Selected Poems, Manchester: Carcanet Press, 2000, p. 166.

The poem was originally published in the collection Hold Hands Among The Atoms, Glasgow: Mariscat Press, 1991, p. 72, which is out of print by now.

However, it was reprinted in:

Sweeping out the Dark, Manchester: Carcanet Press, 1994, p. 85.

New Selected Poems, Manchester: Carcanet Press, 2000, pp. 166.

Both of these books are still available directly at Carcanet Press Ltd., and any bookshop or online bookshop.


The copyright of the poem recited remains with Edwin Morgan and Carcanet Press Ltd.; it may not be copied or distributed without the express permission of both, the author and the publisher.





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